Detention extended for Ćuruvija case suspects

The Appellate Court in Belgrade extended for two months the detention of two former members of the state security service, Milan Radonjić and Ratko Romić.

Source: Tanjug

They are suspected of killing journalist and publisher Slavko Ćuruvija in Belgrade on April 11, 1999.

They were arrested on January 13, when the Organized Crime Prosecutor's Office initiated an investigation against them and the then head of the state security service Radomic Marković, and another member of the service Miroslav Kurak.

Marković is serving a 40-year prison sentence in Pozarevac for the murder of Ivan Stambolić on August 25, 2000, and four members of the Serbian Renewal Movement (SPO) in an attempt at assassination of SPO leader Vuk Drašković on the Ibar highway in 1999. An international warrant has been issued for Kurak.

Organized Crime Prosecutor Miljko Radisavljević said on Thursday that the probe is nearing the end, after which an indictment will be raised.

Radonjić and Romić are being tried at the High Court in Belgrade for aiding and abetting the attempted murder of Drakovic in Budva in 2000. In the first-instance proceedings, they were sentenced to eight and seven years in prison, but the judgment was quashed and a retrial ordered.

The Appellate Court said in a release that the detention could last until June 13 at the latest.

Ćuruvija, owner and editor-in-chief of Dnevni Telegraf, was killed on Easter 1999 at the peak of the NATO bombing campaign against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in front of the building, in which premises of the daily's advertising department and his apartment were located.

At the time, the coalition comprising the Serbian Radical Party (SRS), the Yugoslav Left (JUL) and the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) was in power in Serbia.


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